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‘Confidence is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets.’

Confidence comes from within. When you have faith in yourself and in your abilities, you can achieve just about anything you put your mind to. Our confidence levels can get a boost when others around us believe in us too. As parents, it is important that you teach children to have confidence in themselves and their abilities, and help them keep those levels up throughout their life, at least for as long as we are around to nag them about it at every given chance.

Our children face so much more competition than the past generation ever did, and the need for them to have faith in themselves and their abilities is much higher than it was.

We conducted a study to assess the ability of 10-13-year-old children to understand the rules of engagement across different schools in Bangalore. The results indicated that 75% of children were able to explain the rules of engagement while doing any task, while 25% of children didn’t or couldn’t.

Here, the oratory skills of the child come into play. How well a child can explain what they are doing and why they have been asked to do it all comes down to how confident they are while conversing with others. How clearly they are able to enunciate and articulate what they have learnt and understood also comes down to their confidence level and good conversation skills.

Advantages of being a confident conversationalist:

  • Can complete tasks easily and effectively
  • Can participate in group discussions and can have more meaningful interactions with their peers
  • Can complete given tasks on time
  • Can develop and maintain good public speaking skills
  • Being a good orator opens many doors of opportunity socially and academically
  • It gives the child the ability to easily assume leadership in a group or to readily speak what is on their mind
  • Become more conscious of their personal potential.

Drawbacks of not being a confident conversationalist:

  • Tasks cannot be completed efficiently and successfully
  • It can hamper their ability to communicate their knowledge or understanding of a particular subject
  • Lack of confidence makes a child unable to interact with their peers, take part in group discussions, and address large groups of people
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